Introducing Scientific Concepts to Children

Steve Sizmur, John Ashby

01 July 1997

This book describes the approaches used by teachers in a range of schools to introduce two specific scientific topics. Common threads are identified through these approaches, as well as points of difference, and are related to a theoretical framework.

Key Findings

The results show

  • how teachers made use of children's existing ideas
  • how they created the 'need to learn' the new scientific ideas
  • how they integrated various resources and approaches, including exposition, analogies and practical tasks, to build up a scientific 'model'
  • how children's understanding reflected the approaches used by their teachers.